- Created by:
- Akira Toriyama
- First Film:
- Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
- Latest Film:
- Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
- First TV Show:
- Dragon Ball
- Latest TV Show:
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes
- First Episode Air Date:
- April 26, 1989
- Latest Episode:
- Sean Schemmel, Laura Bailey, Brian Drummond, Christopher Sabat, Scott McNeil
- Current Series:
- Dragon Ball Super
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Dragon Ball is the labor of writer/illustrator Akira Toriyama, beginning with Dragon Ball back in 1984. The series originally started as a serialized manga back in Weekly Shonen Jump for nearly a decade until it expanded into the anime franchises it is most known for today. Dragon Ball was later adapted into two animes, with one being Dragon Ball Z, the most universally known series in the entire Dragon Ball canon. The franchise has continued to expand lore via films, video games, and additional sequel TV series, such as the more recent Dragon Ball Super and Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Dragon Ball centers mostly around Son Goku, a being known as a Saiyan, and his friends as they face off against intergalactic threats and seek out the titular dragon balls. When all seven of these balls are collected, they can be used to summon a legendary dragon that can grant the wishes of whoever so gathers them. The Dragon Ball franchise continues to be one of the most well-known and beloved animes of all time, with over forty different countries airing it, and has had a tremendous impact on Western culture as a whole.
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Goku never made one simple wish to defeat his enemies, and many fans wonder why.
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The Super Saiyan God skill in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 takes a little elbow grease, but it's a worthwhile skill to grind for.
Dragon Ball Super is the most recent entry in the franchise, and it's put forth some incredibly animated episodes.
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Dragon Ball goes through a few time skips throughout its run, most fast forwarding years into the future in between story arcs.
Dragon Ball Super has rewritten Dragon Ball's continuity so much that it may no longer be possible to realign with DBZ's canon ending or GT.
Luffy becoming the new Joy Boy could be the modern equivalent of Goku becoming a Super Saiyan in terms of narrative significance and cultural impact.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is viewed as a landmark Dragon Ball video game, but a Game Boy Advance trilogy from the early 2000s trumps its heights!
Shows like Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop are classics because they changed the medium and the fandom, even if these shows don't always hold up well.
The '80s and '90s have produced some of the best anime in history, especially fantasy titles like Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, and Macross.
These fierce female fighters could give anime's toughest men a run for their money.
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Though fan service is common in anime, it's strange to see it pop up in kids' anime like Sailor Moon and Naruto.
Dragon Ball Super may have benefited from replacing Goku with his intelligent and strong Gohan or his powerful enemy-turned-friend Piccolo.
Though Goku is DBZ's greatest hero, several other characters would make better main characters.